Spanning six months, this design research project delves into the importance of health, lifestyle balance, and wellness goals, particularly for individuals living with chronic conditions like Multiple Sclerosis. Anchored by the wise words of Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” this research aims to identify preventative measures for managing MS.
This project underscores the unmet needs of MS patients in North America, who often face challenges due to lack of knowledge and guidance about their condition. To address this, primary research was conducted involving a diverse cohort of MS patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. The overarching objective is the concept of an experiential learning program designed to offer personalized support without overwhelming the patient.
At its core, this project deploys innovative use of design to help MS patients manage their lifestyles more effectively, fostering a more organized life and enhancing their quality of life. Inspired by Marcus Valerius Martialis’ words, “Life is not merely being alive, but being well,” this project embraces a holistic approach to health management.
It promotes a comprehensive lifestyle management program, offering end-to-end solutions designed to address the daily challenges faced by MS patients, aiming to instill hope and elevate wellbeing. An integral component of this initiative includes buddy/mentor support, augmenting the personal touch and human connection in care for MS patients. The outcomes of this project should be viewed as aspects of a broader endeavor: a mission to empower MS patients, providing them the necessary support to lead fulfilling lives, regardless of the unpredictability of their condition.